As well as being hard work, renovating a home can be massively rewarding, improving your living space and adding value to your property. When undertaking any project, though, it’s important to remember safety comes first! From tripping hazards to exposure to chemicals, it is important to take care of your health and safety while working on your renovation.
Here are some safety tips to consider:
Whether you are doing the renovation work yourself or being present on site, e.g. project managing, it’s important to be wearing the right sort of clothing. You need to protect yourself with full length sleeves and trousers, socks, closed-toed shoes and gloves. Hardwearing materials, durable layers and reinforced shoes or work boots are ideal. Engelbert Strauss is renowned for high quality, robust workwear with lots of features like reinforced seams, handy multiple pockets or breathable fabrics, for example, to get you through any project. Consider that you may well need personal protection accessories, such as eye goggles and ear plugs – plus a hard hat when any demolition work is taking place.
It is necessary to ensure you have good ventilation when renovating a building. With fine dust particles circulating from taking down walls, mixing plaster, sanding wood etc and chemicals from paint and other home improvement products that could be breathed in, having a flow of fresh air is essential, so keep windows or doors open and protect yourself further with face masks especially if working in a dusty, confined space.
Tools & Equipment
It is essential that all tools are in good working order (electricals should be checked over and tested periodically and faulty or old items replaced) and special care of course needs to be taken around power tools. A simple trailing cable can cause someone to trip and fall and result in a broken bone, so it’s really important not to leave dangerous equipment lying around and to work tidily and do a proper clear up at the end of each day.
It’s impossible to clean up totally until a building job is complete; anyone with renovation experience will tell you the amount of dust is has to be seen to be believed and it feels like you’ll never get rid of it! But wiping down surfaces and vacuuming as you go will help reduce the dust and debris. A final thorough clean up will be necessary though, starting at the top of your rooms, dry dusting down newly painted walls and wiping downwards other surfaces with a damp cloth. Carpets and rugs, even if they have been covered with a protective layer, will need several goes with a vacuum cleaner and hard floors mopped thoroughly.
Good luck with your renovation projects – stay safe!